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Offered by Scott and Laura Nordby, Berkshire Hathaway

We’ve all heard the horror stories about real estate professionals that fall short once they get your house listed. What we don’t hear as much about is the people who try buying or selling on their own, without a Realtor®, and the challenges that follow. You may save some money on commissions, but wind up paying more in other ways.

Here are 3 reasons you should hire a professional to help you with your next real estate transaction.

More Access to Information
A real estate agent’s job is to act as a liaison between buyers and sellers. Once you know the criteria of your home purchase, your agent will work to make sure that your needs are met. With access to different listing services, plus a wide network of professional relationships, you can find what you need faster, and with less work on your side.

Negotiations are Tricky
If you’ve ever been house-hunting, you’ll fi nd all sorts of surprises waiting for you: wallpaper no one has seen for 25 years, carpets that haven’t ever seen the underside of a steam cleaner, or even decorative resurfacing with several conflicting textures. Realtors® have seen it all, and could still tell you stories. What they do better than anyone else is approaching the situation from an unemotional perspective to help you pick which items to negotiate with. Because an off er can be refused with or without good reason, it’s best to have someone helping you who knows the best way to phrase your concerns.

The Struggle is Real with Contracts
If you decide to buy or sell a home, the off er to purchase contract is there to protect you and ensure that you can back out of the deal if certain conditions aren’t met. For example, if you plan to buy a home with a mortgage but you fail to make financing one of the conditions of the sale– and you aren’t approved for the mortgage–you can lose your deposit on the home and could even be sued by the seller for failing to fulfill your end of the contract.

An experienced real estate agent deals with the same contracts and conditions on a regular basis, and is familiar with which conditions should be used, when they can safely be removed and how to use the contract to protect you, whether you’re buying or selling your home.

It costs nothing to meet with a Realtor® to help you make your decision. If you’re interested in setting up some time to talk with a real estate profession, call 720.371.6733 or visit

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